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North East elders ask Buhari to sack Service Chiefs

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North East elders ask Buhari to sack Service Chiefs

By Deborah Musa

The Coalition of North East Elders for Peace and Development, on Monday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs and relieve them of their duties.

According to the elders, the military deployed massive strength during the #EndSARS protests in parts of the country, thereby leaving the zone at the mercies of Boko Haram, and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.

The elders stated that the situation led to scores of civilians being killed, as a result of the strategic and operational blunder, which they argued, was avoidable, had greater tact been adopted.

In a statement signed by the chairman, Engr. Zana Goni, the North East Elders’ Forum said pro-active intelligence would have revealed this lapse to the military high command, but for what appeared to be obvious lethargy on the part of the Service Chiefs, who have spent about five years and four months in their respective positions.

Consequently, the elders have, for the umpteenth time, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to show the Service Chiefs the way out, having exhausted all applicable ideas, which they insisted were now obsolete.

In their considered view, the sack of the heads of the Armed Forces of Nigeria will, no doubt, pave the way for the appointment of a new set of senior officers, who will approach their jobs with the highest degree of commitment and enthusiasm.

This, they noted was more so as the new appointees will bring fresh ideas to bear on the task of defeating the 11-year-old insurgency, that has since altered the North East equation.

Further to that, they explained, is the urgency to win the counter-insurgency war, as well as the fear of failure, which will not be an option.

“Though, the protests in parts of the country may have been suspended, with deaths and destruction of both private and public property in their trail, we wish to state that the North East also suffered similar fate during the period of the demonstrations”, Goni said in the statement.

He regretted that the unbridled quest to quell the protests by all means possible, and the desire to prove that they were indeed on ground, had left the security of the North East worse than it was.

Goni said: “We had thought that the high command of the military will, at least, be proactive enough to know that these insurgents take advantage of loopholes, to perpetrate their wicked acts.

“We are disappointed that these gaps were not covered, thereby giving the terrorists a free rein in many communities, a situation that culminated in many unreported deaths and destruction of property.

“Our men, women and children are tired of these needless attacks on communities, in the face of huge budgetary expenditure on the defence and security sub-sector of the nation.

“We are concerned that our dear President, who is so passionate about leaving an enviable legacy of a prosperous nation in all respect, has remained adamant, as far as the military heads are concerned.

This position is despite the unanimous resolution by the Senate and the House of Representatives requesting the sack of the Service Chiefs.

“May we, therefore, reiterate our earlier calls for the removal of Service Chiefs, as their replacement will never be difficult, considering the fact that there are younger generals that are now better positioned to deliver on our expectations.

“We know that our dear President will lose nothing, as loyalty among officers and personnel of the military, is total, absolute and unalloyed, not withstanding who is saddled with whatever responsibility”.

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SMA to Chair Investiture ceremony of New ICAN District Society Chairman

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Member Representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Niger State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi (SMA) is billed to chair the Investiture ceremony of Mallam Yahaya Zakari as the new Chairman of Minna and District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).

This was communicated through a letter to Hon Abdul requesting him to Chair the ocasion that will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2020 by 11:00am prompt at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State.

Mallam Zakari, who is the immediate past Director of Bida Campus of the Niger State Polytechnic, was recently elected as the Chairman of Minna and District Society of ICAN, Niger State.

When it was more rewarding to work with Federal Government, the Lavun born Chartered Accountant, Mallam Zakari Yahaya resigned his service as a Lecturer from the Federal Polytechnic, Bida and joined Niger State Polytechnic in order to champion the accreditation of its Accountancy Department by National Board for Technical Education(NBTE).

Hon Abdullahi who is a graduate of Economist from the prestigious Sir Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, holds a Masters of Science in Development Studies.
The reps member is the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance and a strong Member of House Committees on Public Petition; Banking & Currency; Insurance & Acturial Matters; FCT; Agric Colleges & Institutions; and Interpaliamentary Affairs of the ninth Assembly. The Lawmaker had worked in three critical sectors of Nigerian economy i.e. Oil & Gas; Banking and Construction before venturung into politics fully.

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Prof Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years.
Yakubu was first appointed as INEC chair on October 21, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was reappointed after his first tenure  came to an end in October this year.
His confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Senator Gaya, while presenting the committee’s report, said the nominee possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC top job and therefore recommended his confirmation.
Opposition PDPsenators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed Yakubu’s nomination, saying that he’s unbiased and apolitical.
Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe commended Yakubu for the technological innovations he introduced at INEC, especially the transmission of election results to the central portal from polling units.
He’s moving in the right direction and we should give him the necessary support, said Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the nominee and wished him success in his second term.

Prof Yakubu had, during his screening last week, challenged the National Assembly to expeditiously consider and pass the electoral act to ensure seamless 2023 election.
According to him, the ammended electoral framework was germane to the conduct of 2023 general elections.
“We would like to see a situation where the electoral ammendment is expeditiously considered and passed and I am confident that this is going to be done.”
He said elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding that work on the electoral framework has to be finalized before 2023 elections would be conducted.

“I want to appeal to the Senate to please expedite work on the Electoral Act so that we can conduct elections in an atmosphere of certainty,” he said.
He said when the commission met with members of the Senate and House committees on the electoral matter in Lagos, the had extensive interaction where they submitted 78 areas of electoral ammendments adding that he also forwarded additional 13 areas of ammendment to the two committees.
“The earlier that is done the better for us. There is no way we can conduct election successfully without uncertainty unless the electoral legal framework id finalised for us to deploy our regulations and guidelines for the election.
“We have to develop the regulations and guidelines for the election for us to produce manuals for the training of adhoc staff, So it is critical.”
When asked what INEC would do differently he said

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

The Federal Governmemt has offered previledge opportunity for the exited N-POWER benefitiaries as it has createda Portal that will enable  them to apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerment Options.

The Portal has been launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Nura Alkali the Honourable Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq urged and encouraged interested Exited Beneficiaries of N- Power to log on to the portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into the various CBN intervention options.

According to the statement, the platform which was developed in collaboration with the CBN will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to log in and apply for the various economic, empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the CBN.

The Minister also emphasized that the NEXIT PORTAL will determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs.

“The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.
“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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